A disturbing trend has come to fore in the city with 17 cases of suicide being reported in the first six months this year. A study of the cases reveals that out of the suicide cases reported to the Chandigarh Police from the beginning of the year to June 12, a total of 13 victims were young girls, including teenagers.
Cases of four men taking the extreme step were also reported, including that of the Punjab deputy director public instructions (DPI) this month.
June saw the maximum number of such cases with five incidents being reported, while four suicide cases were reported in April and May each.
Among the suicide victims were mainly girls in the 14 to 25 age group. In most cases, reasons for taking the extreme step are still unknown. The causes, which have been revealed so far, are depression and not faring well in exams. Out of the four teenaged girls, a minor died a month after she was molested by boys.
The most common method used by the victims to end their lives was by hanging.
As per Panjab University department of sociology professor Rajesh Gill, “Though society has changed, but it continues to put more pressure on girls than boys. Otherwise also, girls are more emotional and suffer more from guilt.”
She added that the trend of young girls committing suicide was disturbing. Referring to the suicide by PU student Divya on Wednesday, Gill said, “Nobody knows that what kind of problems the girl was facing. In fact, most students are still unaware as to where to go and whom to talk to in case of a peculiar situation, which adds to the problem.
”Meanwhile, two days after MSc second-year student Divya jumped to death at Panjab University, police are still investigating the case. They have seized her mobile phone and will be looking into the call records to ascertain who she was in touch with for the past few days.